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MMI Certified as Women Business Enterprise (WBENC) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB)

by MMI Textiles 7. August 2017 13:12

    

MMI Textiles, Inc. Certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council 

WESTLAKE, OH – MMI Textiles, Inc, a leading supplier in the textile industry, is proud to announce national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise and Women Owned Small Business by the Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council Certification Committee, a regional certifying partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) and Women Owned Small Business (WOSB).

These certifications mean a lot to me and my organization for many reasons, but chief among them is that we do a lot of business with large, private organizations and with the government who have initiatives to do business with woman-owned enterprises. Women have come a long way in our society at pushing equality with the male gender, and these certifications help our communities see that women can be an important part of the fabric of that community with job creation and active involvement”, said founder and president of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher. 

WBENC’s national standard of certification implemented by the Ohio River Valley Women's Business Council Certification Committee is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.


About MMI Textiles:

MMI Textiles, Inc is committed to providing unparalleled service with competitive pricing, making them a premier fabric supplier in the textile marketplace. After 20 years in the business, MMI Textiles has a long history and an excellent reputation of serving the industry. The company’s mission is to be an all-in-one supplier to the commercial, outdoors, medical, and military markets. MMI supplies fabric, hardware, labels, and more to customers all over the world. For more information, visit www.mmitextiles.com.

 

About WBENC:

Founded in 1997, WBENC is the nation’s leader in women’s business development and the leading third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women, with more than 13,000 certified Women’s Business Enterprises, 14 national Regional Partner Organizations, and over 300 Corporate Members. More than 1,000 corporations representing America’s most prestigious brands as well as many states, cities, and other entities accept WBENC Certification. For more information, visit www.wbenc.org.

 

For more information, feel free to reach out to the MMI team at 440-899-8050 or contact them here

EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Finalist Video

by MMI Textiles 18. July 2017 09:57
 
As you know, our Founder/President Amy Bircher was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2017 Award in the Northeast Ohio Region! We'd like to share the video shown during the Entrepreneur of The Year 2017 Northeast Ohio gala last month, featuring Amy and MMI Textiles! We hope you enjoy it!
 

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Check the video out on our social media channels as well: Facebook | Twitter 

Look for us at the ADS Warrior East Expo

by MMI Textiles 10. July 2017 16:28

 

The ADS Warrior East Expo is always one of the most fun shows of the year – we will be attending the Expo this year to meet with some of our favorite people in the industry! This show always brings together the most innovative people, products, and ideas of the tactical industry – which is one of the main reasons we love it so much.

 

This year we are excited to show off samples of our Printed Narrow Fabrics and Performance Knits! 

 

Printed Narrow Fabrics:

Have great washability and durability, and are made with solution-dyed Cordura® fabric. The most highlighted feature is our CTEdge patent-pending technology that solves the “white-edge” problem. Our printed narrow fabrics are made to have a much more blended and concealed appearance which becomes highly useful and especially important when camouflage is a concern. 

 

Performance Knits:

MMI's line of Berry Compliant technical apparel fabrics are available in various weights and features, including flame resistance, moisture wicking, and antimicrobial finishing. We can provide Mil-Spec knit fabrics for your tactical needs, including popular Mil-C-8061 and others! This line focuses on three things: Protection, comfort, and durability. We have 17 different styles to offer, ranging in phases and weights. These fabrics offer priceless benefits to users!

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We hope to see you there! We’ll be bringing samples of Multicam Black, Tropic, and Arid approved webbing and loop, along with our complete line of Multicam performance knits! 

If you want more information on MMI’s lines of Printed Narrow Fabrics and Performance Knits, whether it’s a question or some samples, feel free to reach out to any of our sales reps at 440.899.8050 or shoot us an email at sales@mmitextiles.com

EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 Award Finalist, Amy Bircher!

by MMI Textiles 2. June 2017 16:03

 

More exciting news! Our president and founder, Amy Bircher, is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2017 Award in the Northeast Ohio Region! This awards program is in its 30th year, and The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 145 cities in 60 countries throughout the world!

According to EY’s news release, “The award recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. These business leaders were selected by a panel of independent judges, and Award winners will be announced at a special gala on June 9 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland”

The team here at MMI are very proud of our leader and her accomplishments. Here’s to the future, and MANY more awards and accomplishments – we are so delighted to be a part of such a winning culture! Congrats again Amy! 

IFAI Follow Up

by MMI Textiles 2. December 2013 15:09

Many of you attended the IFAI Specialty Fabrics show in October where there were countless business exchanges, learning opportunities, and new relationships forged. The number of attendees and the buzz on the floor was noticeable and exciting. Efforts continue to make these shows more interactive through displays and on floor demonstrations that feature products made from specialty and custom fabrics.

This year’s show featured an area designated “Advanced Textiles”, which featured new products specific to the Safety and Medical Industry. At the 2014 IFAI show in Minneapolis MN, the intent will be to continue highlighting various suppliers, product lines, and innovations in support of Police, Military, and various Law Enforcement Agencies. The show will also feature comprehensive programming designed to help attendees understand the current specialty fabrics markets, end-user applications, emerging markets, advanced technologies, and the future of fabric products. Please stay tuned to developments by checking the Review Magazine, one of our leading industry publications.

It is also that time of year to spend time with Family and Friends. The team here at MMI Textiles wishes you a happy, healthy, and safe Holiday Season. Thank you again for all your support – and please let us know how we can be of service to you.

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IFAI 2013

by MMI Textiles 13. September 2013 12:45
Well the time has come. Leaves cover the greens up north, soon snow and sleet will be falling in Boston, but the warm Florida sun will bring everyone together at the IFAI 2013 in Orlando. Returning to the 2010 site, this year’s show will hardly be the same and expects to bring many new opportunities with the addition of the Advanced Textiles Conference and the 2013 SGAI Expo.

The Specialty Graphics Imaging Association will showcase new technologies in digital imaging, screen printing, outdoor advertising, fleet and vehicle graphics and fine art to name a few. With its’ massive 219,000 sq ft expo floor attendees will see more exhibitors than ever before while having the option to educational seminars covering new printing applications, business strategies and marketing ideas to make your business successful.

This years IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo will bring thousands of attendees into over 400 exhibiting booths and is sure to generate an abundance of networking opportunities promoting limitless business potential! The demand for advanced textile applications was answered by the IFAI with the addition of the Advanced Textiles Conference and Trade Show. This event will display advances in products affecting aerospace, engineering, geosynthetics, medical, safety as well as military markets. Here at MMI Textiles we are very excited to show advanced products in all of these market places. Be sure to stop by our booth 5604 in the Advanced Textile section and see what we have in store.

Looking for some extracurricular activities with all of the networking benefits of a work day? Be sure to sign up for one or as many of these activities as possible! The IFF Golf Tournament will be Tuesday October, 22 at noon. It will be played at Marriot’s Grande Pines Golf Club which is one of the finer courses around. If you’re not much of a golfer you can still get out and enjoy the weather at the IFF Sunset Gator Tour starting a 3PM. You will tour the Florida Everglades with refreshments at sunset while taking in the sights and sounds of the native wildlife. In 2012, IFF handed out 10 scholarships and these two events are sure to make 2013 even more successful with your help. Support this great cause and meet everyone in the industry along the way. MMI Textiles will be attending both events and we hope to see you there!

Have a great show!

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What's Going On....

by MMI Textiles 28. May 2013 11:14

Nick and Amy attended the Outlook Conference in Charleston on May 7th and 8th and enjoyed seeing a lot of our valued partners over that two day period – the market economist painted a grim picture for the textile industry, but we continue to see positive things happening within our organization and remain optimistic!

The MMI Sales Team attended SOFIC inTampa May 14 – 16 and enjoyed a chance to catch up with current customers and partners and work on new opportunities.  We have been working very hard on our new digital print line and are excited to show you our progress as we unveil products in the near future.  Please keep in touch with us and let us know if there are any digital print needs you have in the future.

Congratulations to Tom Ullom who celebrated his 9 year anniversary with MMI on May 3rd, and to Karen Peters who celebrated her 5  year anniversary with us on May 20th.  We are so proud to have them on our team!

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How to select the right coating for your application

by MMI Textiles 21. February 2013 08:55

The process of coating fabrics goes back to the 18th century with the production of oilcloth.  Fabric was coated with linseed oil; thus the fabric was made water resistant.  The coating of a fabric gives the textile a property it did not have on its own.

Today we can see coated fabrics all around us.  From waterproof camping gear, UV protected window shades, protective clothing for fire fighters to the inflatable chutes on aircraft, coated textiles have important applications to our everyday lives.

In order to get the fabric and coating combination correct, consider the final application.  For example, will the product need to be water resistant, mildew resistant, fire retardant, and breathable or any combination of these?  Let’s consider a military application like a backpack; a backpack would need to be water resistant. A boat cover calls for water, mildew resistance and breathability.  It is very important to consider your total requirements for the application.

There are many options when is comes to fabrics and coatings. Finding the right combination for your project is the key to success.  

Camouflage Fabric History

by MMI Textiles 7. January 2013 15:50

Today, camouflage uniforms are worn by all soldiers in the military. Yet, many armies prior to 1915 wore very colorful uniforms.  The French Army developed the first unit dedicated to camouflage.  Artists were enlisted to help design camouflage.  In 1942 the US Army began camouflage development.

Camouflage is an important part of the modern Army. It is a tool that breaks up the soldier’s recognizable   human form. This blending into the environment enables the solider to spot the enemy first.

 Military camouflage has changed over the years due to the change in terrain and camouflage science.  There is the khaki and green of WWII; the olive drab of Korea and Vietnam; the woodland color of the Cold War and Balkans; the 'chocolate chip' pattern of the Gulf War; the desert pattern of Afghanistan and Iraq; and the grey pixel pattern of today.”

 Soldiers aren’t the only ones using camouflage fabrics.  Hunting camouflage was developed in the late 1970’s.  Jim Crumley used a Magic Marker on brown dyed work clothes to create a tree bark pattern.  Hunting camouflage serves a similar purpose to military camouflage. It allows the hunter to spot the target before they are spotted.

Camouflage has proven to be a very useful tool.  We here at MMI Textiles are encouraged by the advances made in camouflage science as it helps to keep our military safe. We would also like to thank all that have served to protect our freedom.

 *Miller, Chris. (2012, July 13) The (pixilated) things they carried. Retrieved from http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/13/the-pixelated-things-they-carried


MMI Textiles Giving Back During the Holidays and All Year Long

by MMI Textiles 11. December 2012 13:32

At this time of year many people give to charitable organizations and volunteer in their communities as a way to celebrate the holiday season. We celebrate the holiday with an annual Toy Drive for the Salvation Army. This year’s drive was a huge success.

As a way to thank our customers during the holiday season we donate to an organization in their honor. This year a donation was made to Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.In addition, a percentage of the proceeds from the greetings cards sent this year went to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Our employees are also active volunteers in the community. Molly Feiklowicz volunteers with Honor Flight Cleveland. Honor Flight is a non-profit organization that pays tribute to WWII and Korean War veterans who served our country by providing them a safe and memorable all expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials honoring their service. Most of her volunteer work is greeting the veterans at Cleveland Hopkins airport on flight days two times a month at 4:00 a.m. She has actually flown as a Guardian on five flights over the last three years; MMI was the sponsor for two of them.

Melanie Thompson volunteers her time to Hands on Northeast Ohio. Hands on Northeast Ohio makes it simple for volunteers to choose from a variety of projects that connect community needs with their time and interests. She has volunteered at the Cleveland Foodbank, community gardens and special 9/11 projects.

Geoff Senko volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club. He mentors students, helps with homework and serves as a coach for volleyball and football. Throughout the year he hosts fundraising events for the Cleveland clubs including a Celebrity Bartending night.

We are always looking for opportunities to make a difference in our community during the holiday and throughout the year.  

 
 

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